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Spark Energy, Inc is an utilities-regulated electric business based in the US. Spark Energy shares (SPKE) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Spark Energy employs 164 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$622 million.
|52-week range||USD$4.8691 - USD$12.1915|
|50-day moving average||USD$11.13|
|200-day moving average||USD$9.6238|
|Wall St. target price||USD$8|
|Dividend yield||USD$0.725 (7.26%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||USD$1.147|
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Valuing Spark Energy stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Spark Energy's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Spark Energy's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 9x. In other words, Spark Energy shares trade at around 9x recent earnings.
That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.
Spark Energy's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$90.1 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Spark Energy's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||USD$622 million|
|Operating margin TTM||12.13%|
|Gross profit TTM||USD$206.9 million|
|Return on assets TTM||12.42%|
|Return on equity TTM||33.94%|
|Market capitalisation||USD$351.6 million|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 1.9 million Spark Energy shares held short by investors – that's known as Spark Energy's "short interest". This figure is 7.1% down from 2.1 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Spark Energy shares can be evaluated.
Spark Energy's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Spark Energy shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Spark Energy shares traded daily (recently around 203273.96825397). Spark Energy's SIR currently stands at 9.45. In other words for every 100,000 Spark Energy shares traded daily on the market, roughly 9450 shares are currently held short.
However Spark Energy's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Spark Energy shares, or, against the total number of tradable Spark Energy shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Spark Energy's short interest could be expressed as 0.05% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Spark Energy shares in existence, roughly 50 shares are currently held short) or 0.1616% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Spark Energy shares, roughly 162 shares are currently held short).
A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Spark Energy.
Find out more about how you can short Spark Energy stock.
Dividend payout ratio: 43.67% of net profits
Recently Spark Energy has paid out, on average, around 43.67% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 6.97% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Spark Energy shareholders could enjoy a 6.97% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Spark Energy's case, that would currently equate to about $0.725 per share.
While Spark Energy's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Spark Energy may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
Spark Energy's most recent dividend payout was on 15 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 26 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Spark Energy's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 19 June 2017. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Spark Energy shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Spark Energy shares which in turn could have impacted Spark Energy's share price.
Over the last 12 months, Spark Energy's shares have ranged in value from as little as $4.8691 up to $12.1915. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Spark Energy's is 0.8356. This would suggest that Spark Energy's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Spark Energy, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an independent retail energy services company in the United States. It operates through two segments, Retail Electricity and Retail Natural Gas. The company engages in the retail sales and distribution of electricity and natural gas to residential and commercial customers. As of December 31, 2019, it operated in 94 utility service territories across 19 states and the District of Columbia, and had approximately 672,000 residential customer equivalents. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
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